BA horror show should quell talk of “green shoots”

May 22, 2009

Willie Walsh likes to tell it as it is.

Recent weeks have seen smatterings of good economic news. Sectors that took the full weight of the recession last year said they were staggering to their feet now spring is here.

Nostalgia makes a comeback in TV ad-land

May 14, 2009

The recession is bringing back the strangest characters.  Rising from their graves like the zombies in Night of the Living Dead are people we thought had been buried decades ago.

from The Great Debate UK:

Apocalypse Now: A return to high borrowing, high taxes and weak growth

April 22, 2009

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--Gerard Lyons is chief economist at Standard Chartered. Any opinions expressed are his own. --

Another bumper Budget?

April 21, 2009

All we’ve heard for the past few weeks is how little room there is for Labour to pump more money into the economy to fight the recession.

What do you want from the Budget?

April 20, 2009

With Alistair Darling set to issue the gloomiest budget in a generation, nobody would actually like to be in the Chancellor’s shoes. But put yourself there for a moment and ask yourself, what would your Budget look like?

Green shoots in the housing market?

April 2, 2009

House prices have dropped, interest rates are low and plenty of people are straining at the leash to get on the housing ladder.

How necessary is the G20 summit?

April 1, 2009

From the cosy fireside chats and walks in the woods of 30 years ago, world summitry has expanded beyond all recognition, with this week’s G20 meeting in London being billed in some quarters as the biggest gathering of leaders since 1945.

Ghost of past failure haunts G20

March 28, 2009

Stopping off in New York during a marathon, 18,000-mile diplomatic offensive before next week’s G20 summit in London next week, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown recalled a conference held in eerily similar circumstances in London 76 years ago.

The Bank of England enters the political arena

March 25, 2009

Gordon Brown has not said openly that he plans to turn on the taps again in the budget with another package of spending and tax cuts, but his appeals to world leaders to do just that have led to a widespread feeling that more stimulus is to come.

Cutting back on household bills

March 23, 2009

The energy regulator has said that it is considering a ban on unjustified price differences in the energy market to address concerns that customers are being charged differing amounts according to their payment methods.